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Headache Remedies

You don’t always need a doctor’s prescription to treat your headaches or migraines. Instead of popping a pill from the doctor, try these natural cures to relieve your headaches first.

Try applying an ice pack or a damp wash cloth to the painful area of your head. You may also try placing it on your forehead, temples, or the back of your neck for cool relief.

Who doesn’t love a good massage? Ask someone to rub your neck and back, or treat yourself to a massage.

For quick relief try gentle, steady rotating pressure to the painful area of your head with your index finger. Maintain pressure for up to 15 seconds, then release. Repeat as needed. I have also heard that acupressure massages should work.

Take your mind off of the headache and do something relaxing. Take a warm bath or shower; take a nap; or take a walk. Rest, sit, or lie quietly in a room with dim or no lighting. Close your eyes and try to release the tension throughout your body.

Try using peppermint oil to relieve the stress. Apply the oil your hairline for a nice cooling sensation that relaxes the muscles surrounding the head and neck areas. Peppermint oil can be found in most health stores.

Sit down and enjoy a nice cup of ginger tea. You can buy fresh ginger at your local grocery store. All you need to do is crush up about an inch of ginger root and add it to boiling water. This homemade tea reduces inflammation in about the same amount of time as it would take an aspirin to work.

I recently heard of feverfew and its magic. In clinical trials, this supplement has been shown to be effective for treating migraines and the common headache. It reduces inflammation, which takes pressure off the nerves and helps to prevent migraines entirely. I have not yet tried feverfew, but it has had great reviews.

Butterbur is another anti-inflammatory herb that has been studied for preventing migraines. It’s not effective for treating a migraine once it starts, but will aid in preventing migraines by taking 75 milligrams twice a day.

When taken daily, magnesium may help reduce the frequency of headaches and migraines. The mineral helps to calm nerves, which tend to get overexcited during a headache or migraine. If you do not choose to take a supplement, you may also consider eating more dark green vegetables, nuts and seeds.

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